Hopkins vs. Murat: Live Round-by-Round Results, Highlights for Full Fight Card
Bernard Hopkins found himself in a brawl with Karo Murat, but he found a way to win once again.
The 48-year-old took some punishment and fought at a slow pace in the early rounds, but he came on in the second half of the fight to win a unanimous decision. Hopkins improved his record to 54-6-2 and held on to the IBF light heavyweight championship.
Peter Quillin stopped Gabriel Rosado in the co-feature and retained his WBO middleweight title.
Hopkins calls himself a "freaking animal," and says that's why he won.
"I'm an entertainer and I took some shots, but I did what I had to do." — Bernard Hopkins
Bernard Hopkins, truly amazing at his age. Amazing— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 27, 2013
Unanimous decision for Hopkins, and by a convincing margin.
Hopkins came on much stronger and he ended up with the edge in punches thrown and punches landed. Hopkins started slowly, but he came on in this fight.
Murat was a tough guy, but the tactics of this fight frustrated the challenger.
Great left hand by Hopkins, Murat punches on the break in the final seconds. Hopkins takes some punches in the final seconds, but he appears to have done enough to win this fight.
Murat is throwing heavy shots int he 12th and Hopkins has responded. Hopkins hurts Murat with a stiff right hand. Murat turns his back and absorbs more punishment.
Hopkins may not have much left, but he has a ton of will. He delivers a big right hand to Murat's jaw with 30 seconds to go int he 11th round. Murat responds and he has punched back after taking that right hand.
Hopkins appears to have the edge with one round to go.
Hopkins is outworking Murat as he continues to throw his jab and finds his target. Both fighters are doing a lot of holding and hitting, and it seems to be bothering Murat more than Hopkins.
The 10th was much slower than the eighth and ninth rounds. That's probably good for Hopkins, who may not have much energy left. Murat's corner is urging him to pick up the pace.
Things are a bit calmer in the first minute of the 10th round. Hopkins with the better of the action. When Murat has Hopkins int he corner, he does damage. However, Hopkins is using his jab to keep Murat at bay.
Murat has landed some big shots, but they are not hurting Hopkins. But at the end of the ninth round, Murat hammered home some big shots.
Hopkins has taken over in the last four rounds, landing 95 punches while Murat has landed 47 over the same span.
Murat has a cut over his right eye, and it looks like it came from a Hopkins right hand.
Hopkins is starting to take it to Murat. The challenger responds, but then Hopkins rallies again. Hopkins' tactics are upsetting Murat, but the champion is throwing solid punches.
Murat's not busy enough and Hopkins takes the round.
Murat has had a point deducted for hitting on the break. He's very frustrated because of Hopkins' tactics. Murat is losing his cool and Hopkins is throwing excellent combinations.
This fight appears to be dead even through six rounds. Each of the Showtime analysts has it at 57-57. Hopkins with his best round in the seventh.
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